B402 – Language Development in New Language Learners

3 Credit Hours

This course develops students’ understanding of language
development in the first eight years of life and the principles
that govern the process. The language learning process
is studied as an integral part of both the development
of thinking and the child’s sense of self. The purpose of the
course is also to provide a framework for considering how
language development in bilingual individuals is different
from that of monolinguals. This course is designed to
assist educators in understanding how the multiple realities
of bilingualism interact with the educational context
and therefore may influence the academic performance of
bilingual students. Students learn how the various contexts both inside and outside of a child’s home interact with factors
such as age, sex, race, social class, and cultural experiences
to influence language competence and performance.
Students examine the role of adults, peers, and siblings
in fostering language development, and learn how group
experiences in early childhood programs can be arranged to
maximize language development in new language learners.

Programs that require this course: